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World land speed record attempt rained out

World land speed record attempt rained out

Bonneville Speedway (Wendover, Utah) view map

I was hoping to establish a new world land speed record with my Subaru station wagon by driving 800 mph (1290 kph) on the Bonneville Speedway, but heavy rain flooded the salt flats. Even the World Finals event (an actual competition) was cancelled. To compensate for this disappointment I waded with defiance into the Bonneville Speedway "lake." This baptism was my only venture onto the salt flats. My speed support team went home, unpaid.

To the right, in the distance, is a low pinkish mountain called Floating Island.

My photographic assistant, Joe Tripod, was content to remain on the access road for this photo.


Nikon D80 ,Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D AF
1/640s f/22.0 at 28.0mm iso400 full exif

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John Cooper12-Jan-2014 14:08
I like this shot, I would love to stroll about in this salty flooded lake taking photos.
You are very lucky Dave.
exzim23-Jan-2009 16:51
Tell me you didn't lay down to commune here Dave.
BleuEvanescence01-Oct-2008 13:37
This is fantastic...
dan dunn10-Feb-2007 10:02
The scariest image of something emerging from the water I've seen, since seeing "Creature from the Black Lagoon" when I was 5...
dan dunn11-Nov-2006 13:59
This new Nikon takes good shots Dave
Steve Ainsworth07-Nov-2006 15:24
Nice image, Dave! It has "legs", so to speak, although it lacks footing. You could have worn a cape to make it more mysterious or to hide your obvious disappointment in missing out on the record.
chempilot06-Nov-2006 19:14
you could have just waded it out till it dried up....
1moremile06-Nov-2006 18:34
Very nice shot. Shouldn't have worn those bunny slippers, though.
LeeG06-Nov-2006 17:44
I thought all Special Edition Speed Racer Subaru Wagons came equipped with water wings and bilge pumps as standard accessories.
Tripod Joe has outdone himself with this shot! Great SP.
markwp06-Nov-2006 08:50
very cool shot
John Cooper06-Nov-2006 07:14
Plan B, should have been, drive at half the projected speed over the lake and claim the World Water Speed Record.
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